Public Meeting to be Held for Protecting Pollinators

The Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be having a public meeting for those engaged in activities to reduce exposure of honey bees and other pollinators to pesticides.

During the meeting, presenters will be discuss the three key areas that need improvement: improving seed treatment techniques, reducing generation of dust that occurs during planting operations, and raising awareness of current best management practices that reduce the chances of pesticide exposure.

The intended outcome of this meeting is to share information and look for areas of collaboration to lessen the unintended impacts of pesticides on pollinators during coming and future growing seasons. This meeting complements EPA’s ongoing work through the Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC) to support and take action to improve pollinator health.

The meeting will be on Mar. 5, 2013, starting at 8:00a.m. until 5:00p.m. EST. For further information, Mary Clock-Rust, Environmental Fate and Effects Division, (7507P), Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (703) 308-2718; fax number: (703) 305-6309 email address: clock-rust.mary@epa.gov.

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